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Planning for Deposition Travel to South Africa

The International Team at Planet Depos regularly handles deposition travel to South Africa and is happy to share our top travel tips.

 

With teams living on the ground in nearby Europe, Planet Depos offers 24/7 assistance for all of your deposition needs in South Africa. Our teams have been covering depositions in South Africa for over 15 years, and are therefore considered one of the leading experts in anything pertaining to covering depositions there. We will be more than happy to share this expertise and guide you through the scheduling process, travel and document assistance in South Africa.

Entry Requirements for South Africa

There are no special visas (tourist or business) required to enter South Africa for a stay of less than 90 days. A passport valid for at least 30 days past your planned departure date from South Africa is required Planet Depos does recommend traveling with at least 6 months validity on your passport, however. You will need 2 fully blank visa pages to visit South Africa. You will also need to check any countries you pass through to determine if a separate transit visa is required, as there are not many direct flights to South Africa from the U.S.

For more information, you can also contact the South Africa Embassy (3051 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20008)

South African Embassy

Flying to South Africa

There are two major international airports in South Africa:

  • R. Tambo International in Johannesburg Airport (JNB)
  • Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town (CPT)

Airlines offering direct flights to South Africa from the U.S. include:

Travel in South Africa

For updated travel alerts and information, please visit the State Department’s webpage:

South Africa Information

You can also download the SmartTravel App for your smartphone created by the U.S. Department of State.

Staying in South Africa

There are several locations where U.S. depositions may be taken in South Africa. For example, major metropolis Johannesburg offers many luxury hotels to choose from for your lodging and conference room needs. We are more than happy to assist you with your conference room needs and hotel recommendations.

Medical Information for South Africa

South Africa has high-quality medical facilities in urban areas, but limited elsewhere. For a list of medical facilities and English-speaking doctors in South Africa, please visit:

U.S. Embassy – South Africa

For updated health information, including health travel alerts and immunizations, please visit South Africa specific website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at:

CDC – South Africa

Money Matters

South Africa uses the South African Rand as its currency. ATMs are available in all major cities (be alert when using ATMs, and politely refuse help, as this is a common scam), and major credit cards are usually accepted. Master Card and Visa are preferred.

For up-to-date information on the local conversion rate, please visit a reputable currency converter website such as http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ which also offers an app for smartphones.

Weather

South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of the U.S. seasons. Winter runs May to August, with lower temperatures, but snow is rare. Spring follows from September to November with temperatures warming, and November to March sees frequent heavy tropical rains and lots of heat. April and May are the most temperate months, the autumn of South Africa.

Important Websites & Resources

Embassy of the United States in South Africa:

U.S. Embassy – South Africa

App Store for your iPhone:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-travel/id6003?mt=8

App Store for your Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps?hl=en

Interesting Fact about South Africa

The first human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town in 1967.

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